How to Install SMF with just one click: Fastest and Easiest way to install SMF

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Installing SMF can be difficult and tiresome if you are not a developer or system integrator. This process has been made very easy such that in few mins or secs (If you can type fast 🙂 ), you can install SMF and begin building online forums or social network websites.

Let’s get started with the process, this one click pH7CMS installation process is made available to all CloudHost Web Hosting customers for free when they buy any web hosting plan.  After you  register on CloudHost , to access this one click install functionality follow the below steps.

Below are the simple steps to get SMF installed immediately:

  1. Login to your CloudHost Client Area.

CloudHost Login

  1. Enter your Login details:

login to CloudHost

  1. In your Client Area, click on Services:CloudHost client area
  2. Click on your active web hosting plan:

  1. By the left click on Login to cPanel:

login to your cPanel account

  1. In your cPanel account scroll down and click on Softaculous Apps Installer.

CloudHost softaculous apps

  1. Click on the SMF app/Logo.

  1. Navigate to install and configure the software and site.i. Setup your software by choosing a preferred protocol to secure your website, a domain name to install the software and provide a directory that is relative to your domain(E.g. To install at http://mydomain/dir/ just type dir). To install only http://mydomain/ leave the space empty:

ii. Configure your board settings by updating board/forum name; Choose a visual verification image (the more complex the image, the harder it is for bots to bypass) and your board mail.

iii. Update your admin account by providing your admin username, password(Please use very strong passwords for higher security) and admin email:

iv. Choose your preferred language:

v. In the advanced section, Enter the name of the database to be installed and table prefix; select your preferred choice for your site: like automated backup, backup location, (NOTE: You must have a backup file if you are to check “Auto Backup” to prevent automatic upgrade from causing compatibility issue.) 🙁


  1. And lastly provide the email in which your installation details will be sent to and click install. And…. That it!!

You can see that with just one click, your SMF is setup and you can start setting up your own online community within minutes.

You can login to your SMF admin by clicking the admin link shown after installation for more configurations. A very simple process to install SMF without being a geek or needing the help a developer. You can do this yourself easily following this above guide.


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About SMF

Simple Machines Forum software, or SMF software, is an open-source, Internet forum, message-board program developed by Simple Machines. The name reflects the communities’ initial goal of providing a program that could be operated by novice programmers and require minimal server resources. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board and with its unique SSI – or Server Side Includes – function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other. SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database.

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